+^+*

Seeking the Zeitgeist of the Information Age

Summer in the backyard

0910

2017 /Q4

Drawings
This section includes some drawings, sketches and studies realized over the years 2008- 2017 some made as a student for the Scientific Illustration class at the Fine Art Academy of Urbino, some other as sculpting design practice, studying how to sketch ideas and give shape to imagination.
Ischia is a volcanic island that lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples.
Here, in the early ‘70s every summer all my family moved in from july to september.
That time as gone, but i still come every year in my grandmother's house.
Starting from 2008 i’m realizing a series of works entitled “Summer in the backyard”.

Links:
Open Drawings

Ars Electronica

30.08

2016 /Q3

ars electronica festival 2016 radical atoms and the alchemists of our time

ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL
Heading to Ars Electronica Festival on september 8 in team with Noemalab and 5wftf for grabbing the secrets of contemporary alchemy.

RADICAL ATOMS
and the alchemists of our time
… and what comes after self-driving cars and the internet of things?

"While the world still has its hands full dealing with the Digital Revolution and the cultural and social transformations and challenges that it’s brought about, a young generation of scientists and creative engineers has set a course for new frontiers and is already at work amalgamating the disembodied world of digital data with the physical world of our bodies.
They’re interconnecting bits and atoms in elementary form, fabricating new high-tech materials from natural substances.
They’re teaming up with artists and designers, employing the neurosciences and biotechnology, digital hardware & software, and bringing together old handicrafts traditions with 3-D printers and laser cutters.
With their unorthodox approaches and highly inspiring projects, they’re not only blazing trails for new developments; they’re also opening up completely new ways of looking at the role of science in our society and the interplay of technology and nature.

In close cooperation with Prof. Hiroshi Ishii of MIT Media Lab, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival will be focusing on this field, one that’s fascinating and challenging for art, technology and society in equal measure.
With his Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Ishii has done pioneering work on the human-machine interface and thereby made a name for himself worldwide.
His first high-profile appearance at Ars Electronica was in 1997. In the meantime, he and the staff of his lab have launched Radical Atoms, the next step in interlinking the digital and physical domains, and thus broaching a realm that goes far beyond the idea of an internet of things.
The spectacular prototypes that have emerged from his lab are already milestones along the course of this new development."


Info: http://www.aec.at/radicalatoms/en/

Flesh

24.05

2016 /Q1

  • flesh carne video performance
flesh carne video performance

Video Performance
My latest effort: screenshot from a 07'41 Video Art Piece realized in collaboration with the italian Performer Gabriella Zeno.
In June 2015, after a Butoh Seminar, Gabriella tested in her studio a new performance entitled "Carne (entropici sogni di redenzione)" filming herself with a Sony Handycam DCR-SX65E.
Instead of re-shooting everything in HD (that was the plan...), we decided to use the original low resolution (720x576) video (duration: about 20'), with the purpose of preserving the whole sequence, cutting it in several "pieces", editing and placing each - almost simultaneously - on the stage.

The points are:
Preserving the original performance essence.
Gestalt: low resolution helped us producing visual ambiguity and the desired impact on perception.
Playing with time: our aim was to persuade the audience that the subject of footage was a performing act happened some years ago.
The final motto is: we can't beat Bill Viola, so let's go Low-Res!

Innocent Experimentz

00

2015 /Q4

PlayGround
+^+* is actually burning his mind-circuits experimenting on a series of Generative Prints. The Search for Beauty in computer generated art is a crazy run.

Site cover: Ascii Gioconda.


"Generative Design is a morphogenetic process using algorithms structured as not-linear systems for endless unique and un-repeatable results performed by an idea-code, as in Nature".
Celestino Soddu

Whoami

01

1973

HI, i'm +^+*.
A very informal informational alchemist who seeks the Zeitgeist of the information age.

I'm both a human inspired by compassion and a computing machine.
I like words, numbers, data, images, imagination and <> (tags).
While doing what what i do, i crashed few motherboards and collected some bytes.
No, i didn't put any burnt chipset on the site (yet).

When i started mixing words, images, numbers - i have to admit - i became a bit numb, or more realistically... dumb.
Now, the only thing i know for certain is that some numbers are dumbers.
In the 70s (maybe the 80s?), when i was a kid, someone used to call me TATO, a word that, translated into the TechnoTronic language (symbols, numbers and other stuff... "it's a bit... technical"...) means: Cross (+), logic AND (^), Cross (+), Star (*) [ or CIRCLE (°) ].

Does it make sense **##!?
Guess? It doesn't have to!
Remember: "even a broken clock is right twice a day!"
So, for now, i hope You'll enjoy browsing this handMade website crafted with PURE DIGITAL LOVE.

Selected Works

02

0812

Above, the first three frames (upper row) belongs to the polyptych-video "WakeUpArtists! (Dedicated to Malish)" - A NetVIdeoRemix, screened on April 14, 2012 at the 14th ZEMOS98 FESTIVAL in Sevilla, Spain.
Selected in a Call for Political Remix Video made on December 2011 by European Cultural Foundation, Doc Next Network and EMBED, the video has become part of the Doc Next Network Media Collection.
For more information visit: docnextnetwork.org

Your Lucky day
Here You will find a S E L E C T I O N of earlier only-digital works.
It's Your lucky day since here i didn't include works made using traditional techniques: daubs (paintings) and sculptures.

Links:
Works 2008 to 2012 → Slide 0812
Mixed Stuff → Slide Mixed
Video ScreenShots → Slide Video

Statement

03

2011

Increase / feed curiosity.

A computer-generated Manifesto
Applying the generative approach - widely - to different categories of objects, you will easily come into playing with words.
My Statement / Manifesto was generated by an online app that randomly creates clauses by selecting alternative words between some fixed and some provided by the user.

"We are here. We are many. We are Solvers. We are a tribe".
Lastly, since in 2011 i joined the Solvers Movement, i would suggest You to read the Solvers Manifesto written by Nuno Simaria, with whom i collaborated for the italian translation.
The message contained in the Solvers Manifesto might sound a bit "strong", but, at the end, Solvers remains on the Light Side of the Force.

Linkz

04

http://

www Nostalgia for the early times.
In the early times of web, every website had its link section.
Despite the large parte of my activity is internet-oriented, some entities (like my www works and identities) are not showcased here, even though my soul is always floating in the cyberspace.
So, theese are the essential.